Following a successful first day of Rock am Ring, it was up to The Prodigy to carry the weight of the second day. Friday headliners Die Toten Hosen had set the bar very high just before a thunderstorm descended upon Mendig, yet Saturday seems to have just beaten Friday to it in terms of stunning performances. Read on for more.
Zebrahead opened the Seat Volcano Stage on the second day of Rock am Ring. They’re very popular on German soil, with a sizeable crowd showing up for their early afternoon set. The whole show was filled with energy from start to finish, both on behalf of the band and of the crowd!
Swedish rockers Royal Republic followed Zebrahead and drew an equally sized crowd to their afternoon set. Their 13-song set opened with My Way, with the band going on to pull the likes of Good to be Bad and The Royal out of the bag later on. The crowd seemed to enjoy it, singing along enthusiastically whilst crowdsurfers descended upon the security.
SLASH FT MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS
Former Guns ‘n Roses legend Slash has made a name for himself lately thanks to his solo endeavours, touring the world together with Myles Kennedy (of Alter Bridge) and backing band The Conspirators. The crowd wasn’t as full as you’d expect for such a legend, who opened his set with the storming You’re a Lie. Guns ‘n Roses cover Nightrain also featured, placing extra emphasis on Slash’s flawless guitar playing. This countered well with Myles Kennedy’s fantastic vocals, making for an exciting set.
WE ARE HARLOT
When Danny Worsnop announced his departure from Asking Alexandria, many people were left wondering whether or not his new band, the classic rock-themed We Are Harlot, would live up to expectations. Their Rock am Ring set kicked off with Denial, a song which was only played for a tent which was nowhere near half-full. Despite this though, Worsnop and co. took it in their stride and put on the best performance they possibly could.
Saturday headliners The Prodigy are extremely popular in Germany if the sizeable crowd they attract to the Seat Volcano Stage is anything to go by. The whole field is filled with dancers, moshers and crowdsurfers. Breath kicked off the set, with songs from new album The Day is my Enemy featuring predominantly alongside classics such as breakthrough hit Firestarter. The show featured an impeccable live show which yet again proved the trio’s live worth.
Los Angeles-sextet Hollywood Undead took to the Alternatent just before midnight, performing to a full tent. The band, who are very popular in Germany, were greeted by loud screams from baying fans as new track Usual Suspects opened their energetic set. Older hit Undead also featured, with all six band members only just fitting on the Alternatent Stage.
Alternatent headliners (and genreless boundary breakers) Enter Shikari took to the stage at the late hour of 2am, yet that hasn’t stopped thousands of self-professed Lions descending upon the stage. Although you could tell that people were tired, this was all diminished by the time that set opener The Appeal & the Mindsweep I kicked in. Everyone woke up and moved, shook, skanked and raved their way through the hour-long set. A handful of new songs from January’s The Mindsweep featured, with old classic Sorry, You’re Not a Winner also making an appearance. Enter Shikari always put a lot of energy and effort into their live show and, despite coming across slightly drunk, this was certainly no less the case in Mendig. Enter Shikari killed it, as per usual.
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